ElectionsoftwarequeriesComplaint Filed against Election Director over Business Ties to Firm

Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), January 14, 2009 | Go to article overview

ElectionsoftwarequeriesComplaint Filed against Election Director over Business Ties to Firm


Byline: Jake Griffin jgriffin@dailyherald.com

Under fire from a local watchdog group, DuPage County Election Commission Executive Director Robert Saar is cutting his financial ties with a local business that does work for the commission.

SaarAEs announcement came the same day as DuPage Board Chairman Robert Schillerstrom asked the stateAEs attorneyAEs office to investigate the business relationship between Saar and Wheaton-based Robis Elections.

Election commission spokesman Dan Curry said Saar told the commission Tuesday he was giving up financial rights to an election software product he helped develop u a product that earned him about $10,000 annually.

"HeAEs decided the small amount of money he receives from this completely legal and proper royalty agreement is not worth the distraction it may cause the DuPage Election Commission," Curry said.

Last year, Robis received more than $75,000 from the election commission through various contracts, according to the county auditorAEs online expense reports. Robis has had a contract with the county since 2005, Curry said.

DuPage StateAEs Attorney Joseph Birkett said his office investigates all complaints of official

misconduct, but he wouldnAEt speak specifically about SaarAEs case.

Representatives from the DuPage chapter of the Illinois Ballot Integrity Project urged the investigation at TuesdayAEs county board meeting. They complain Saar is using his county job to promote his private endeavors as a spokesman for the election product. They contend Saar did not list the relationship with Robis when he filed a statement of economic interest with the county. …

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